AFL Recap 10/17: Three Homers From Cunningham and Grossman

The Mesa Solar Sox beat Salt River today by a score of 13-7, thanks to three home runs from two Pirates prospects.  Robbie Grossman led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo homer, his second leadoff homer in as many nights, and his fourth homer of the AFL season.  The home run put him tied for the league lead in homers.  Grossman also singled, ending up 2-for-4 on the day with a homer, two RBIs, a walk, and two strikeouts....

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2012 Free Agent Options: Starting Pitching

For Pittsburgh Pirates fans, the 2012 free agent market for starting pitchers will be simple: compare everyone to Paul Maholm.  The Pirates made it clear that they wouldn’t be bringing Maholm back in 2012, despite having a $9.75 M option for him to return.  With the starting rotation looking like it needs one spot, the Pirates will either need to re-sign Maholm on the open market, or add someone similar to Maholm in order for...

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Rosenthal on the CBA Negotiations

The off-season focus is generally on player moves, designed to give each team a better chance to compete in future years.  This off-season we not only have the player moves to focus on, but we also have the Collective Bargaining Agreement discussions between Major League Baseball and the Player’s Union.  Ken Rosenthal has an update on the CBA negotiations, which can be found at Fox Sports.  The big items that impact the Pirates:...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: The Rotation

Perhaps no position reflected the ups and downs of the 2011 season more than the starting rotation.  Coming in to the 2011 season, the rotation was looked upon as the biggest weakness of the team.  The priority over the off-season was to upgrade the rotation, with a lot of fans feeling that the rotation had as many as four spots open.  Charlie Morton was coming off a disaster of a year.  Paul Maholm didn’t post good numbers...

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Pre-Order the 2012 Prospect Guide

Last year Pirates Prospects debuted the Prospect Guide, featuring the most in-depth look in to the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system that you could find anywhere.  The 2011 Prospect Guide featured a profile on every player in the system, as well as various resources, including Rule 5 dates, Minor League Free Agency dates, the top draft and international bonuses in team history, and much more.  The book also included exclusive interviews...

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